Teacher subject of a sentence

November 6, 2008 4:19:10 PM PST
In Bucks County, a middle school teacher is the subject of a sentence today.46-year-old Susan Romanyszyn was sentenced to up to two years in jail and 20 years probation for her conviction on 11 counts of making terroristic threats.

In October of 2007 she left a series of notes and scrawled messages at Longstreth Elementary School in Warminster threatening violence to the school. She was apparently upset she was assigned to teach fourth grade instead of fifth.

"I would like to say to the parents and the kids that I'm sorry for the trauma that we all have gone through. I know it's been traumatic for everybody," Romanyszyn said.

At the sentencing, school officials and parents described the stress and fear students at the school still suffer today.

"These children were terrorized. These children were questioned. Their book bags were searched. They were being looked at that someone among them was the guilty party. This is a terrible thing for a fifth grader to endure," acting school superintendent Sandy Homel said.

Romanyszyn, who's suffering from cancer, will temporarily serve her sentence under house arrest. Her family says she was framed.

"She's absolutely innocent, she's completely sane. She's the most stable, humble person I know. She loves children and would never do anything to hurt anybody ever," Steve Bazow Romanyszyn's brother, said.

"When she came to court she blamed it on the kids. She has never to this day taken responsibility for what she's done. She's despicable," assistant Bucks County District Attorney Gary Gambardella said.

Romanszyn would not answer the question of 'Do you admit that you did this?'

The judge in this case says she will keep tabs on Romanszyn's condition and if her health improves she'll serve her time in jail, not in home.

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